Tuesday, July 5

European leaders invite Orbán’s Hungary to leave the EU due to its homophobic laws

Nobody can kick you out of the European Union. But you can leave, as the United Kingdom has done, or others can pressure you until you want to leave, which is what the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, has defended about Viktor Orbán’s Hungary after the approval of legislation homophobic. A homophobic legislation that has reached all corners of Europe after the UEFA controversy for prohibiting the lighting of the Munich stadium with the Arocíris flag in the Germany-Hungary match of the Eurocup.

“This legislation must be repealed”, Rutte said to journalists, “It is really terrible what is happening in Hungary right now. Gay rights are equated with pedophilia. If you think about it, you are going back a hundred years in time. What I can do is make sure that the 26 other Member States put an end to this. I never imagined when I came to this position 11 years ago that, in addition to fighting for the internal market, a strong euro, and the collective security that we provide ourselves by being members of this beautiful European Union, we still you had to talk about these kinds of core values. We have to bend Hungary on this point. They must realize that if they are members of the European Union, no one can be discriminated against on the grounds of sexuality, skin color, gender. It is non-negotiable. … or they must leave. I cannot expel them. This can only be done step by step. ”

According to Dutch sources, Rutte suggested to Orbán that he activate Article 50, which “exists for a reason”, if he does not want to comply with EU values.

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel explained his personal experience: “Accepting yourself being gay was the hardest thing … Accepting it myself, how to tell my parents. And listen now that is because maybe I saw something on television. When I was younger it is unacceptable Mixing pedophilia, pornography and homosexuality is unacceptable Bettel married her partner, Gauthier Destenay, a Belgian architect, in May 2015.

According to diplomatic sources, “the debate on Hungary was a deep and, at times, emotional debate.” Throughout the discussion, “the President of the European Council recalled that values ​​such as freedom, tolerance and human dignity are at the heart of the European Union.”

“Many leaders expressed concern about the recent Hungarian law affecting LGBTIQ rights and its violation of EU values,” diplomatic sources abound: “In conclusion, the President of the Council recalled the primacy of European law and referred to the formal steps the European Commission is taking as guardian of the treaties. ”

In defense of Orbán, Bulgaria, Poland and Slovenia spoke in the debate, the sources explain.

Pedro Sánchez and 16 other leaders of the European Union, in addition, have called to fight against “discrimination” in the face of the homophobic offensive of Viktor Orbán’s Hungary in a statement released this Thursday to which elDiario.es has had access. Thus, they express their “commitment” to the defense of “respect and tolerance” in the face of threats “to the principles of non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation”, in a clear allusion to the laws approved in the Hungarian Parliament in which prohibits addressing homosexuality in schools. The letter, which was drafted in Madrid and promoted by Sánchez and the Luxembourg Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, comes the same day that EU leaders meet at a summit in Brussels in which, without being on the order of the day the homophobic offensive of the Hungarian government, Viktor Orbán, has become the most relevant issue on the first day of the summit.

French President Emmanuel Macron defended that Europe’s values ​​”are based on the dignity of each person and the fight against discrimination and not showing weakness towards those who endanger the rule of law. Hungarian law is not in line with our values ​​and what Europe is.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, for his part, rejected that the laws are discriminatory towards LGTBIQ people: “We do not have that type of law. We have a law on the defense of the rights of children and parents. about homosexuality, it’s about children and parents, that’s all. I’m a fighter for rights.… Homosexuality was punished [bajo el régimen comunista] and I fought for their freedom and their rights. So I am defending the rights of gay men, but this is not what this law is about. ”

Criticism also came from Belgium. Its prime minister, Alexander de Croo, stated: “Let’s be clear, Hungarian law is one of the past.” It discriminates against people on the basis of who they want to be. Europe is a club with rules. We have to be clear, they have gone too far. ” And, according to Bloomberg, He affirmed inside the room before Orbán: “Being gay is not a choice, but being homophobic is.”

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told leaders that “your country’s taxpayers would not contribute funds to member states that do not respect human rights”, according to diplomatic sources.

The president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, for his part, asked Orbán to “consider” the “perplexity and criticism” throughout Europe for the controversial anti-LGTBIQ law. “I reminded him that the legislative actions of the last days had provoked criticism from all the institutions and therefore he had to consider these criticisms,” Sassoli told reporters after his speech to EU leaders at the start of the Council summit. European.

This Wednesday, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, affirmed that the Hungarian laws were “a shame” and that she would use all her “legal powers” to avoid their entry into force. Thus, the Community Executive sent a letter to the Hungarian Government in which it warned that it could resort to European Justice when considering that a violation of the values ​​of the European Union is taking place.

The Government of Viktor Orbán, for its part, responded to Von der Leyen through a statement: “The statement of the president of the European Commission is a shame because it is based on false accusations. The recently approved Hungarian bill protects children’s rights, guarantees the rights of parents and does not apply to orientation rights of those over 18 years of age, so it does not contain any discriminatory element. The statement of the President of the European Commission is a shame because the Hungarian bill is based on Article 14 (3) of the Charter of the Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The statement of the President of the Commission is a shame because it publishes a biased political opinion without an impartial investigation previously carried out. ”